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23.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

24.

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The Minutes of the proceedings of the meeting of the Speakers’ Panel (Licensing) held on 23 January 2018 to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Speakers Panel (Licensing) meeting held on 23 January 2018 were approved and signed as a correct record.

25.

Exempt Items

That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) the public be excluded for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 2 and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act and in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, because disclosure of the personal information contained in the reports would not be fair to the license holder and would therefore be in breach of Data Protection principles.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) the public be excluded for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 2 and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act and in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, because disclosure of the personal information contained in the reports would not be fair to the license holder and would therefore be in breach of Data Protection principles.

26.

REVIEW OF A HACKNEY CARRIAGE DRIVER'S LICENCE - 10/2017

To consider a report of the Assistant Director of Operations & Neighbourhoods.

Minutes:

The Assistant Director of Operations and Neighbourhoods submitted a report requesting that the Panel determine whether the licence holder remained a fit and proper person to hold the relevant licences in accordance with the provisions of Section 61 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

 

The Panel considered the written information submitted and heard the Regulatory Services Manager’s case.  They advised the Panel that the driver had held a Hackney Carriage driver’s licence with Tameside Council since 1978.  On 25 February 2018, the Licensing Department received a complaint from a member of the public relating to an incident that had occurred on 22 February 2018 on Ashton Road, Denton.  The complainant had supplied video footage of the incident, which was shown to the Panel, and detailed the incident that occurred as the complainant was cycling south along Ashton Road towards Crown Point.

 

Consideration was given to the written statement from the complainant, which included a transcript of the conversation between the driver and the complainant.  Consideration was also given to the notes from a discussion between the driver and the Licensing Manager held on 7 March 2018 to discuss the complaint.

 

The Manager outlined a number of complaints that had been received about the driver from customers / members of the public, one of which had resulted in a warning on their file and another had been considered by the Speakers Panel (Licensing) who issued the driver with a warning.  The most recent complaints were from two cyclists in 2014.  The Panel were told that following investigations into these complaints the driver was required to undertake a DVSA driving assessment, which they passed.

 

Having heard the Manager’s case the driver, their representative and the Panel were provided with the opportunity to ask questions.

 

The driver’s representative then addressed the Panel and gave a brief outline of what it was like to be a taxi driver.  They told the Panel that the driver had been a taxi driver for 40 years and worked six days a week with an average of 20 fares each day.  The representative asked that the small amount of complaints that had been received about the driver over many years be put into perspective against the vast amount of fares that the driver had undertaken.  Although they appreciated that the footage that had been shown to the Panel was unfortunate the driver had learnt their lesson.

 

The driver then addressed the Panel and apologised for their actions.  They provided their account of the incident and explained that the recording of the incident did not show the cyclist thumping their vehicle, which is why they had reacted the way they did.  The driver explained that they had their own footage of the incident but had unfortunately not kept it.  The driver added that they had undertaken driving courses and completed an NVQ.

 

Following the driver’s case the Panel Members and the Regulatory Services Manager were provided with the opportunity to ask questions. 

 

At this juncture the driver,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

Urgent Items

To consider any items which the Chair is of the opinion shall be considered as a matter of urgency

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.